Grecian andR oman mythology in such a manner that the student will appreciate its great influence upon literature and art. These myths, an inexhaustible fund of inspiration for the poets and artists of the past, have also inspired many noted modem works. To impress this fact forcibly upon the student, appropriate quotations from the poetical writings of all ages, from Hesiod sW orks and Days, toT ennyson sCE none, have been inserted in the text, while reproductions of ancient masterpieces and noted examples of modem painting and sculpture are plentifully used as illustrations. The myths are told as graphically and accurately as possible, great care being taken, however, to avoid the more repulsive featiu es of heathen mythology; and when two or more versions of the same myth occur, the preference has invariably been given to the most popular, that is to say, to the one which has inspired the greatest works. Both theL atin and the Greek forms of proper names are given, but theL atin names are usually retained throughout the narrative, because more frequently used in poetry and art.
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